Advisory Groups

The Innovation District is being developed by an 18-person launch team with assistance from an external advisory board (IDEA Board) and a faculty advisory council. 

IDEA Board

The IDEA Board includes distinguished University alumni and supporters, industry partners and business leaders, and other individuals with expertise and experience in areas related to the Innovation District initiative.

  • David Bradley
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Terry S. Brown
    Managing Partner
    Asana Partners
  • Michael Cocroft
    Managing Partner
    Red Clay Consulting
  • Anthony M. Ferguson
    Northeast Region Director
    Georgia Power
  • Keith Kelly
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Kelly Products, Inc.
  • Davis P. Knox
    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
    Fire and Flavor
  • Francis W. Milward
    Head Global Assay and Services Vaccine R&D
    Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
  • Chaly Josephine W. Moyen
    Senior Vice President, Strategy, Insights and Decision Science
    Coca-Cola North America
  • Teresa L. Ostapower
    Senior Vice President for Technology Transformation
    AT&T
  • Michael Patrick
    Senior Consultant, Innovation & New Ventures
    Chick-fil-A
  • J. Wesley Rogers
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Landmark Properties
  • John W. Rooker
    Chief Executive Officer
    Rooker and Associates, Inc.
  • Matt Rushing
    Vice President, Product Line, Global Crop Care
    AGCO Corporation
  • Dana Williams Spinola
    Chief Executive Officer
    fab’rik
  • D. Richard Stamper
    Entrepreneur
  • Matthew P. Warenzak
    Partner
    Smith, Gambrell and Russell, LLP Attorneys at Law
  • R. Halsey Wise
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Lime Barrel Advisors

Faculty Advisory Council

The Innovation District Faculty Advisory Council meets throughout the year to provide input on the Innovation District initiative, with particular focus on programming, resources, and support for research commercialization and university-industry engagement.

  • Jenay Beer
    Assistant Professor
    Institute of Gerontology
    College of Public Health
  • Karen Burg
    Harbor Lights Endowed Chair
    College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Justin Conrad
    Gary K. Bertsch Director
    Center for International Trade and Security
    School of Public and International Affairs
  • Andrew Crain
    Director of Experiential Professional Development
    Graduate School
  • Joseph Dahlen
    Associate Professor and Director of the Wood Quality Consortium
    Warnell School of Forestry
  • Naola Ferguson-Noel
    Associate Professor
    Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center
    College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Chris Garvin
    Director and Professor
    Lamar Dodd School of Art
  • Chris Gerlach
    Academic Professional
    New Media Institute
    Grady College of Journalism and Mass Commuication
  • Kristina Jaskyte Bahr
    Associate Professor
    Institute for Nonprofit Organizations
    School of Social Work
  • Kirk Kealey
    Director
    Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center
    College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Eileen Kennedy
    Associate Professor
    College of Pharmacy
  • William Kisaalita
    Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor
    College of Engineering
  • Kevin McCully
    Professor and Director
    Exercise Muscle Physiology Laboratory
    College of Education
  • Sergiy Minko
    Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science
    College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Michael Myers
    Consultant
    Small Business Development Center
    Public Service & Outreach
  • Jonathan Murrow
    Campus Associate Dean of Research and Associate Professor
    AU/UGA Medical Partnership
  • Usha Rodrigues
    University Professor & M.E. Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law
    School of Law
  • Pejman Rohani
    UGA Athletic Association Professor in Ecology and Infectious Diseases
    Odum School of Ecology
    College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Christine Szymanski
    Professor
    Complex Carbohydrates Research Center
    Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
  • Amitabh Verma
    Associate Professor
    College of Environment and Design
  • Dee Warmath
    Associate Professor
    College of Family and Consumer Sciences